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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Joel Moore, Sep 7, 2005.

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  1. Joel Moore

    Joel Moore Guest

    Sorry for the localized post but I'm really getting tired of dealing with
    Radio Shack's sad selection.

    If there's anyone from the southern New Hampshire/northern Massachusetts
    area reading this, do you know of any sources for electronic components
    other than that waste of retail space known as Radio Shack? I'm looking
    for something similar to You-Do-It Electronics but closer to work
    (Seabrook, NH). I wish Fry's would set up shop on the east coast.

    It's insane that these stores do not exist. I understand that electronics
    tinkerers may be rare but surely there are many, many companies that could
    use a local source of components for prototyping.

    Thanks,

    Joel Moore
     
  2. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello Joel,
    That's just the point. Local companies won't send an employee down to
    the store. Accident liability is one concern but the main reason is that
    the half hour or so in fully burdened labor cost would be much more
    expensive than the Digikey shipping charges. Also, Hobbyists these days
    rarely tinker on the transistor level anymore. Many are now unable to do
    that.

    We are located near Sacramento. The local Radio Shack became a cell
    phone store. Sigh. Fry's is at least one hour's drive away and doesn't
    carry much in what I'd need anyway. It is mostly a computer store with a
    small parts section that carries the bare essentials. I don't think
    you'd even find a simple BSS123 there. Then there is a smaller store
    that has some parts but mostly deals in surplus. So, I guess it's
    Digikey, Newark and Mouser.

    Regards, Joerg
     
  3. What is a BSS123?

    Jim


    .. I don't think
     
  4. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

  5. Joel Moore

    Joel Moore Guest

    I don't think accident liability or the cost of labor are really
    considerations for small development companies like mine (<5 people,
    owners are designing, building, and crating machines). The cost of
    having to wait another day before I can finish testing a circuit design
    because I don't have the right capacitor is far more damaging.

    But I guess the simple fact that all the component stores are gone is
    proof enough that there aren't many companies like mine working in this
    area. At least not enough to make it worthwhile to keep a store running.

    I wish one of the big online vendors would open up more warehouses and
    offer will-call counters but I guess there's no reason for them to do
    that.

    I did find a local repair guy down the street who said he'd be willing to
    sell me the odd component if he carries it (which is all I really need).

    Joel Moore
     
  6. Joel Moore

    Joel Moore Guest

    Thanks, that's good to know about. I think You-Do-It in Needham is more
    accessible for me but there may be times when that's not the case.
     
  7. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello Jim,
    Rich posted the data sheet link. It's a vertical DMOS work horse. Cheap
    because it is now made by many companies, around 5c in qties. 100V,
    6ohms. The BSS84 is kind of its p-channel sibling but much less voltage.

    I can hardly recall a design of mine where I didn't use one.

    Regards, Joerg
     
  8. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello Joel,
    Best is to stock a pretty good selection of standard parts right in the
    lab. Ideally all you should have to do is walk over to the bins. I found
    that even a good electronic parts store won't offer much beyond what's
    right here in the bin racks. Then if you need that special Schottky
    diode or mixer chip the local stores won't carry these anyway and it's
    going to be mail order.
    It would likely not increase their profits but probably decrease them.
    Rent, tenant improvements, inventory, staffing etc.
    That's a good idea. I even did that with a company next door to a client
    of mine. Saved us lots of time. And if they'd run out of some specialty
    RF stuff they'd also know where to knock on the door.

    Regards, Joerg
     
  9. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Oh, and don't forget some other nice staples such as the old BFS17A. For
    around 10c you get a rocket. Over 2GHz ft and it even offers a
    reasonable noise figure at low currents.

    Just imagine what you can do with one of these in nsec applications.

    Regards, Joerg
     
  10. maxfoo

    maxfoo Guest

    Just use Digi-key http://www.digikey.com/ , they have a quick turnaround, I've
    hard stuff delivered the next day using UPS-red...but normally it takes a week.
     
  11. Joel Moore

    Joel Moore Guest

    That's not good enough if it's 8 PM and you just need a .47 uF capacitor to
    finish the job. We can't afford to wait a couple of days for that.

    I think Joerg had the right idea -- stock up our lab with a good supply of
    essentials.
     
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